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Sector-wide social impact scoping of agrivoltaic systems: A case study in Japan


  • Irie, Noriko
  • Kawahara, Naoko
  • Esteves, Ana Maria


The recent rapid promotion of renewable energy technology (RET) worldwide may have led to a greater social impact on local communities, where multiple otherwise-small individual units of RET are concentrated in one place, as may occur in the case of small photovoltaic power generating units, for example. This study examines such a case of the dissemination of innovative agrivoltaic systems (AVSs), a system in which photovoltaic power facilities are installed above cultivated farmland, across Japanese rural areas.

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  • Irie, Noriko & Kawahara, Naoko & Esteves, Ana Maria, 2019. "Sector-wide social impact scoping of agrivoltaic systems: A case study in Japan," Renewable Energy, Elsevier, vol. 139(C), pages 1463-1476.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:renene:v:139:y:2019:i:c:p:1463-1476
    DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.02.048

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